Update: Sister Sarah is fighting like a girl and going all kick-ass PUMA on the GOP. Today we get from Palin: If the House sells out on immigration too, it might be time to leave the GOP. Wowsa! You go girl!:
“Please take a look at the article linked below to understand how the amnesty bill the Senate passed yesterday is a sad betrayal of working class Americans of every ethnicity who will see their wages lowered and their upward mobility lowered too. And yet we still do not have a secured border. [snip]
Great job, GOP establishment. You’ve just abandoned the Reagan Democrats with this amnesty bill, and we needed them to “enlarge that tent” of which you so often speak. [snip]
Folks like me are barely hanging on to our enlistment papers in any political party – and it’s precisely because flip-flopping political actions like amnesty force us to ask how much more bull from both the elephants in the Republican Party and the jackasses in the Democrat Party we have to swallow before these political machines totally abandon the average commonsense hardworking American. Now we turn to watch the House. If they bless this new “bi-partisan” hyper-partisan devastating plan for amnesty, we’ll know that both private political parties have finally turned their backs on us. It will then be time to show our parties’ hierarchies what we think of being members of either one of these out-of-touch, arrogant, and dysfunctional political machines.
As we write below, Barack Obama and his new D coalition which we call the “situation comedy” coalition because it mimics cheesy TV show demographics, abandoned the working class. Now some in the GOP want to get dump the working class too. Fight on Sista!
“The only good liberal is a dead liberal” is increasingly accurate. It’s sad for us but it does seem that good liberals are dying, dead, possibly waiting for resurrection. Proof of this came yesterday as all Obama Dimocrats voted FOR the “immigration reform” bill that does not reform immigration but is instead a gift to those that want cheap labor.
The phony “immigration reform” bill is very like the “Affordable Care” Act, or ObamaCare. ObamaCare is neither affordable nor about healthcare. ObamaCare is a gift of taxpayer dollars to Big Insurance via the coercive power of government. ObamaCare has nothing to do with healthcare, it is all about health insurance – premium taxpayer dollars to Big Money special interests.
Good liberals, real progressives should oppose the “immigration reform” scam passed yesterday by the U.S. Senate. Why? Some liberals still have principles and stick by those principles instead of worshiping flim-flam con man Barack Obama:
“Why Liberals Should Oppose the Immigration Bill It’s about low-wage American workers [snip]
The country I want for myself and future Americans is one that’s prosperous, cohesive, harmonious, wealthy in land and resources per capita, nurturing of its skilled citizens, and, most important, protective of its unskilled citizens, who deserve as much any other Americans to live in dignity. This bill threatens to put all of that out of reach, because it fails to control illegal immigration. The problem is not that it provides 11 million people eventual amnesty (I don’t object to that, in theory); the problem is that it sets in motion the next waves of millions.
High levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans.
That is not a fashionable concern, of course. Worrying about illegal immigration today is a lot like worrying about communists in government in 1950. It’s not that the problem isn’t legitimate or serious (there actually were, we now know, a lot of Moscow loyalists working for the U.S. government). It’s that expressing your concurrence links you to a lot of demagogues and bad actors.
Most of America’s college-educated elites are little affected by illegal immigration. In fact, it’s often a benefit to us in terms of childcare, household help, dinners out, and other staples of upper-middle-class life. Many therefore view the problem as akin, in severity, to marijuana use—common but benign, helpful to the immigrants and minimal in its effects on Americans or anyone else. I know, because it used to be my own view.”
If you are poor and white you are out of political fashion with the Obama Dimocratic party. The writer of the article came to view the importance of “low-skilled” workers during the SARS crisis of 2003 while he was in Hong Kong. He realized that the laborers in Hong Kong had a decent standard of living because the hundreds of millions of mainland Chinese could not cross the border and “take these lowly jobs for a fraction of the current wage.”
We all have compassion for those who are poor and live in nations not able to do more for these citizens. But compassion is a two way street and it is not a crime to believe that charity beings at home even as you feel compassion for those in other countries. Unfortunately the Obama Dimocratic Party does not care about the working class. Today’s liberals who tolerate or even like Barack Obama don’t know you can oppose allowing illegal immigration amnesty yet still be a compassionate
“But if that was how I felt about protecting Hong Kong’s working class, why shouldn’t I feel that way about America’s?
Worldviews evolve slowly, of course. I read a lot research and studies. I familiarized myself with more of the literature: both immigration-skeptical work by people like Harvard’s George J. Borjas and Cornell’s Vernon Briggs and immigration-boosterish work by people like U.C. Berkeley’s David Card and U.C. Davis’s Giovanni Peri, to name a few. I read lots blogs and news stories. I started reporting on California and wrote articles that concerned immigration. I came to believe that the boosters had many more vulnerabilities and flaws in their arguments than the skeptics. I found the theories of people like UCLA’s Ruth Milkman—who posits, for example, that illegal immigration had little to do with the decline of wages and working conditions in Los Angeles’s trucking, garment, and janitorial industries because “de-unionization…provokes native-born workers to abandon no-longer-desirable jobs, at which point immigrants then fill the vacancies”—to be unpersuasive.
I also noticed that a lot of immigration-boosterish studies—most of them, I’d say—contain telling caveats that undermine their case. For instance, buried on page 20 in Appendix Two” of this pro-legalization report touted by the Center For American Progress—trumpeted in a press release with the headline “How Immigration Reform Would Help the Economy”—is an estimate that if half of the current unauthorized labor force were deported the wage of a low-skill U.S. worker would rise by $399 a year. By contrast, legalization would raise that worker’s wage by less than half that much—and that’s assuming no further illegal immigration.”
As with ObamaCare there are winners and losers. The great deception of the Obama Dimocratic Party is that they are on the side they give speeches against.:
“All in all, I became convinced that high levels of low-skill immigration are good for wealthy Americans and bad for poor Americans. Far more important, high levels of illegal immigration—when you start to get into the millions, as we have—undermines unions and labor standards, lowers wages, heightens social tensions, strains state budgets, widens income inequality, subverts the rule of law, and exacerbates class divides. The effects go far beyond wages, because few undocumented workers earn enough to cover anything close to the cost of government services (such as education for their children) they require, and those services are most important to low-income Americans. In short, it’s an immense blow to America’s working class and poor.“
We’ve written about this all before. We’ve noted since 2008 that organizations allied with the Obama Dimocratic Party betray their own constituencies for the greater glory of Barack Obama. We have repeatedly asked why labor unions supported ObamaCare even though ObamaCare hurt labor unions. It took a while but now more and more labor unions are demanding that ObamaCare be repealed or drastically changed.
We do know that labor unions support the phony “immigration reform” because they think it benefits them as organizations interested in getting more power through larger membership dues paying peons – even as they know it screws their workers. The article published by the “liberal” The New Republic discusses Big Labor and Big Amnesty:
“Most labor unions support the current legislation, of course, but few of them seem to acknowledge the possibility of a mass influx of a future illegal workforce. In part, that’s because the SEIU and many other unions have thousands of undocumented members, and raising a fuss about enforcement or opposing the current bill would alienate their own members. It’s probably also that they believe, unrealistically, that the bill would be effective at controlling the border in the future.
And a lot of Democrats have also convinced themselves that even if there’s a wage loss to low-skilled workers, the massive new voting bloc of mostly left-leaning immigrants will ultimately help the little guy. But if millions of new Democratic voters oppose strict immigration control, then there will no Democratic support for meaningful immigration control. And generous social benefits cannot coexist with an open border. (Nor can a more egalitarian society.)”
Big Labor is betraying American workers in order to stem the loss of their power. “Good liberals” should care about the working class but these Obama Dimocrats cannot be trusted even as they yelp about a phony “compassion” that hurts the working class:
“I know that unauthorized immigrants are for the most part good, decent people. Deploring illegal immigration is not a condemnation of the immigrants themselves, anymore than deploring traffic is a condemnation of drivers. The rhetoric about hard workers trying to support their families is true, and in a perfect world we could invite everyone in without any tradeoffs. But the United States cannot take in millions upon millions of impoverished workers and hope to provide its own low-income citizens with lives of dignity or economic security.
Most of the enthusiastic endorsements I’ve read of the current Senate bill seem to assume that the problem of illegal immigration will be solved once the legislation is passed. (Chuck Schumer recently promised on the Senate floor, “illegal immigration will be a thing of the past,” a remarkable performance even by Schumer standards.) But the Congressional Budget Office projects no such thing. It sees only a 25 percent reduction in current levels.
That’s because, for all the ambitious measures listed on paper, the current bill grants near-immediate legalization in exchange for future enforcement. That deal is okay, except that failure to enforce the law in the future would not lead to loss of legal status. In fact, the only penalty I can detect in the bill is that failure to secure the border in five years would lead to the creation of a “Border Commission” with the power to—make recommendations.”
It’s not as if an error in judgement can be corrected in the future. The political reality is that an error now is deadly and not reversible:
“Now politicians also seem to have become frightened of potential new voters. Calls to enforce the law, they fear, have come to be seen as anti-immigrant or xenophobic. If that’s the state of affairs now, what is it likely to be when 11 million new beneficiaries of lax border enforcement and their families and descendants become voters? This is why the New York Times editorial page, back in 2000, when it was more cold-eyed on the subject, warned, “Illegal immigration of unskilled workers induced by another amnesty would make matters worse.”
Good liberals know charity begins at home:
“If I have a plea to my fellow liberals more broadly, it’s that they focus more of their empathy on fellow Americans being left behind. Because we increasingly live in bubbles, many of us are at best only abstractly aware of how cruelly circumstances of unskilled Americans have deteriorated over the past few decades. Even as these Americans have lost their well-paid manufacturing jobs, Washington has looked the other way while millions of low-skilled unauthorized immigrants have competed with them for low-skilled service jobs. The insouciance of privileged Americans toward the effects of this on life among less-privileged Americans is, in my view, a betrayal of citizenship.
If we are to have any hope of regaining any control over our own immigration policy—which is to say, our destiny as a nation—then we must ensure that everyone has an incentive to follow the laws on who gets to be here and who does not. Otherwise, we will shred the few remaining safety nets we have, and the dream of dignity for all American citizens will slip farther and farther, perhaps permanently, out of reach. No matter how magnificently Chuck Schumer claims the contrary.”
We’ll have to wait for dead liberals to resurrect because Obama Dimocrats are so corrupt there is almost zero chance any of them will help the working class. There is someone who has spoken up for the working class. It is Sarah Palin that defends American workers:
“Palin: Immigration Bill Targets American Workers
On Sunday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin denounced the Senate’s immigration bill in an exclusive opinion piece for Breitbart News. One week before that, though, Palin laid out a promise and a warning to her own party in a speech to the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington, D.C. She said Americans do not deserve the exceptional country its founding fathers left them if they do not keep faith with the working class. And she said that that faith would be lost if the the Gang of Eight’s bill, passed by the Senate on Thursday, became law.
Her words are especially important as the immigration fight heads to the House, where Republican leaders have signaled they want “action” even if they do not take up the Senate bill.
At the Faith and Freedom Coalition, Palin said the voices of those in America’s working class “can reach millions of other patriots of all races, color, and creed who also value the dignity and opportunity of freedom.”
“They are the brave, having kept faith with everything we love about this land of the free,” Palin said. “And we will have no hope of reclaiming this country and we will deserve it even less if we fail to keep faith with them.”
Palin warned, “That is the message our leaders, especially those leaders in the GOP, need to understand...You do not marginalize, you do not discredit and dismiss everyday, average hard-working Americans.”
It is sad for us when it is Rush Limbaugh making the case liberals should make:
“Palin is leading the charge on immigration, but she is not alone. Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh has unmasked the motives of those behind the immigration bill last week, denouncing the “big money” donors, consultants, and the crony capitalists who just want an unending supply of cheap labor and do not care about America’s working class.
“I think a number of elected Republicans are taking a look at their donors, and are listening to their consultants, and they are seeing that people that are donating big amounts of money to them want amnesty,” Limbaugh said, adding, “there is a growing phenomenon in this country of crony capitalism taking place.”
Talk radio host Laura Ingraham said she could not imagine anyone who is for the working class voting for the “immigration reform” legislation. She said the bill’s consequences would be ugly for working class Americans.
Rosemary Jenks, a Harvard Law graduate who is the director of government relations at Numbers USA, appeared on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 and said it was “frightening” that the immigration bill would replace “American workers with a whole new foreign workforce” by granting more green cards in 10 years than the country has awarded in the last forty years.
She said the elite who live in gated communities and want an influx of cheap labor will never have to worry about their jobs, crime, or sending their kids to public schools because they “don’t have to live in the same world that we do and face the impact of immigration on a daily basis.”
Victor Davis Hanson echoed Jenks’s concerns in National Review, writing that “for ethnic activists, huge annual influxes of unassimilated minorities subvert the odious melting pot and mean continuance of their own self-appointed guardianship of salad-bowl multiculturalism.”
“Meanwhile, the upper middle classes in coastal cocoons enjoy the aristocratic privileges of having plenty of cheap household help, while having enough wealth not to worry about the social costs of illegal immigration in terms of higher taxes or the problems in public education, law enforcement, and entitlements,” Hanson wrote. “No wonder our elites wink and nod at the supposed realities in the current immigration bill, while selling fantasies to the majority of skeptical Americans.”
This latest Obama scam is aided and abetted by 14 Republicans in the Senate. The full range of these deceits may be viewed in this video: Rubio’s closing argument on immigration reform:
There is no mention of lower wages for the working class. No mention of the damage that will be done to the nation’s poor. No mention of a race to the bottom for the working class.
We still do not believe that the “immigration reform” bill will become law. The latest polls showing Republican voters in Republican congressional districts very much against the bill and the procedures in the House that will be followed convince us even more that we are correct and the bill is doomed to death.
There is a good immigration reform bill that we could enthusiastically endorse. It’s different from the Greta Van Susteren immigration reform plan that cannot pass.
Our plan is a bill that keeps Barack Obama in Africa. Let him stay there. Let Obama stay in Africa, maybe even South Africa with his latest crony appointment. Nelson Mandela will soon be dead and no doubt Obama sees himself as more transformational and greater than Mandela. So let Obama take Mandela’s place and stay in South Africa.
But Obama will probably like the other countries he visited. They are poor countries with big palaces for their leaders. The guards around those palaces are dressed in so much braiding and epaulets and glitter and feathers and all around comic operetta costumes that Obama will love to be surrounded by these third world characters. Michelle will love the outfits too. It’s a win all around.
Let Obama stay in Africa with Michelle and his brood. Pass a law that makes it so. That’s immigration reform we can endorse.